Choose the Tools Preferences General menu item to bring up the General Preferences window. You use this window to control general browsing and editing behaviors of AOLpress.
|Load Remote Images||If you turn off Load Remote Images, images that are not stored on your local file system are not loaded unless you click on them. This speeds up page loading, especially if you are browsing pages with lots of large images or if you are using a fairly slow modem.|
|Prefetch Pages||If you turn on Prefetch Pages, AOLpress preloads pages to which the current page has links (so that when you click on one of these links it will already be loaded into your computer's memory cache).|
|Show Java Windows||Many browsers (including AOLpress until licensing issues are resolved) currently can't run or display Java applets. By default, AOLpress shows a box with an "X" in it where Java applets are placed. You can hide these "X"s to see the same page layout as people with other browsers that don't support Java. To do this, uncheck the Show Java Windows box and restart AOLpress.|
|Unix Style Delete||Under Microsoft Windows, the Delete key normally deletes the next character
and the Backspace key deletes the previous character. On most Unix and Macintosh
systems, both keys delete the previous character.
Setting Unix Style Delete causes both the Delete and Backspace keys to delete the previous character. Not setting this field causes the Delete key to delete the next character. Pressing CTRL+D always deletes the next character.
|Edit Complex Lists||The Edit Complex Lists check box controls what happens when you
paste paragraphs into a list or create a nested list (by adding list formatting
to existing list items).
|Backup Pages||AOLpress stores backup copies of the pages you have edited but have not
saved. When you restart AOLpress after a crash, it opens these copies and
tells you that it is recovering old files. You can continue editing these
files without losing much of your work.
Use the Backup Frequency field to control how often AOLpress saves
copies of your work. If you set this field to zero (0), AOLpress does not
save any backup copies. The copies of your pages are stored with names like
AOLpress does not make backup files for changes to MiniWebs!
If AOLpress has problems when you try to run it after a crash, the HTML in
the page you were editing may be corrupt. Try moving the files out of the
|Conform To||This field lets you choose whether you want AOLpress to create and display
HTML code using the Netscape conventions or HTML 3.2. If most
of your readers will be using Netscape to browse your pages, you should conform
to Netscape conventions. Otherwise, HTML 3.2 may be a better choice.
Changing this setting affects the following areas:
|Multiple Spaces||By default, HTML displays multiple white-space characters (spaces, tabs,
etc.) as a single space (except in "Preformatted" paragraphs). If
Collapsed is selected in the Multiple spaces field, you can
only type one space in a row.
AOLpress provides a way for you to type multiple spaces by using special "non-breaking space characters." When you type multiple spaces, spaces other than the first one are actually non-breaking spaces. Non-breaking spaces keep browsers from condensing spaces into one space. You can turn on this capability by selecting the "Nonbreaking" option in the Multiple spaces field. However, some browsers will show " " instead of spaces if you do this.
|Server Side Include||If you use
called "server-parsed HTML") to automatically include other files, environment
variables, or the results of programs in your pages, you can now edit your
source code with AOLpress (if your pages are stored on a v2.0 or later
To make AOLpress load the HTML source files without interpreting the server-side include commands, choose ToolsPreferencesGeneral and put a check in the "Never Load" box for Server Side Includes. If you are viewing the HTML for a page, you can choose FileReload without SSI to see the server-side include commands and FileReload with SSI to see the results when the commands are interpreted.
Server-side include commands are stored as comments in the HTML code, so you only see them when you edit the HTML. For example, the command to include a file called "include.txt" would look like:
<!--#include file="include.txt" -->
|MiniWebs Create As||Use this option to restrict the file names you can use when you create pages and MiniWebs on any AOLserver. It is best to choose "DOS" if you need your files to be portable to a PC (even if you are using Windows 95 or Windows NT).|
|MiniWebs Open||This field lets you decide which windows you want to open when you open
a MiniWeb with the
menu item or by moving to a MiniWeb URL that does not include the name
of the page file to open. You can choose any of the following:
|Show Frames||Uncheck this box if you want AOLpress to automatically load the "noframes" view of pages that contain frames. You can also hide frames after you have loaded a page with frames by choosing Format Frames Hide Frames. If you have frame viewing turned off in this field, you can show frames by choosing Format Frames Show Frames.|
|Image Display Method||The first option allows AOLpress to show image backgrounds behind transparent GIFs, progressive (interlaced) JPEG files, and "ART" files. Choosing the second option ("Photshop4 JPEG") can prevent crashes that may occur when AOLpress tries to display some types of images.|
|Startup View||This field controls which page is displayed first when you start AOLpress
(with no command-line arguments). You can choose any of the following:
Click the menu Tools Preferences Network to bring up the Network Preferences window. You use this window to control how AOLpress interacts with your network.
If AOLpress does not allow you to browse the Web, you may need to ask your system administrator how to set some of these fields.
|Mail Return Address||Type your email address in the Mail Address field. The email address you provide is used as a return address for mail you send from AOLpress, as a password when you download files with anonymous ftp, and as an identification line on all HTTP requests.|
|SMTP Mail Host||Type the name of the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) mail host machine. This is a machine that takes care of putting email from your internal mail system into an accepted Internet format.|
|Name Server||A name server interprets Web page addresses, and finds the addresses
that correspond to the addresses.
Most systems do not require you to specify the Name Server. If you do not know whether you need to specify a name server, ask your system administrator. If you do need to specify a name server, type the IP address of the name server in these fields.
|HTTP Proxy||AOLpress does not handle news, gopher, or WAIS requests directly. If
you are browsing these kinds of links you have to specify a Proxy
server. When AOLpress finds an access method it does not understand it sends
it to the specified proxy server, which handles the request. For example,
you may use a CERN httpd server, with a name in the form
If your site is behind a firewall, then you even need to proxy http (Web page) requests through that machine, so click the Always Proxy check box. However, you will not want to proxy domains inside your firewall, so list them in the "except these domains" field. If you use another server to proxy all http requests, you may not be able to browse directories on an AOLserver or publish your pages to an AOLserver, depending on the configuration of the proxy server you use.
|SOCKS Host||If your system uses the SOCKS protocol for firewall security, you should type the name of the SOCKS host in this field. You can allow pages stored on trusted domains (such as the domains on your side of the firewall) to skip the SOCKS checking by typing those domain names in the field provided.|
You can decide what fonts you want AOLpress to use in the pages you look at. This decision does not affect the fonts other people see when they read your pages. Many browsers let people choose fonts for regular text and fixed-width text, so you should test your pages with a variety of font sizes.
code", "keyboard", "sample", or "variable" within a non-preformatted paragraph.)
If you want to change the font that readers
of your page see, you can edit the HTML and
add the <FONT FACE=> tag. For example, this paragraph uses the <FONT
When AOLpress loads a local file it attempts to handle it by looking at the extension on the file name, from which it can generate a MIME type. Then, it uses the MIME type and the external viewer you specify in the MIME Viewers preferences window to find out how to display the file.
(MIME stands for "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions." This standard identifies files sent across the Internet so that the programs you use know how to deal with it correctly.)
To modify the list of file extensions:
.docwith a MIME type of
application/mswordto indicate that the files are Microsoft Word files. (You will also need to select
winword.exeas the external viewer for this MIME type in order to have AOLpress open Microsoft Word automatically.) Or, you may want to add an entry with an additional file extension for a MIME type that is already listed.
When you follow a link to a file that AOLpress does not know how to display (for example, a video), AOLpress looks through the list of MIME viewers for a program to run to display the file. If there is no entry for the MIME type, AOLpress asks if you want to save the file on your local system.
application/msword, which is the MIME type for Microsoft Word documents.
For a list of common MIME types, choose the
Extensions/MIME menu item. (The file extensions are used only when
you load local files. For remote files, the MIME type of the file is used
On UNIX platforms, you may have AOLpress invoke a program to handle translation
of HTML to another format.
If you have files with additional MIME types in your MiniWebs, you can add icons for these file types. These icons will be shown when you use the Web or Tree view.
application/msword, which is the MIME type for Microsoft Word documents.
This window lets you store a list of directories on your local drives and server sites on which you can save pages. AOLpress uses this list in various places. For example, the list in this window appears in the Drives / Sites field in the File Open window.
The list can contain more than AOLserver locations. You can add any directory on your local drives, any directory on a server on which you publish pages, or any MiniWeb to this list.
You can change the animation in the upper-right corner of a window when a
page is being loaded. AOLpress will prompt you to save the file and then
ask if you want to use the file as the default animation. (Note that the
animation format is different from other animation file formats.)
You can add or remove icons from the AOLpress toolbar so that the commands you use most often are easy to select.
Another way to configure the toolbar is to add toolbar navigation buttons to your pages. However, these buttons are not supported by many browsers. See the Page Attributes window for details.
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